Governor David Nweze Umahi of Ebonyi State has described the death of First Republic Mr. Offia Nwali, as “a great blow” to the state.
Umahi, who led members of the State Executive Council to the country home of the deceased at Ameka, Ezza South Local Government Area, on Monday, said he had to cut short his visit outside the state, “because of the degree of what has happened to Ebonyi State.”
“We are here first, to sympathise with you, because it (his death) is quite tragic. We never expected it. We never dreamt of it,” he told members of the Nwali family who received him.
Umahi recalled that Nwali’s roles in the creation and unity of Ebonyi State, as well as his robust contributions to debates, when he served as a senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
The governor said, “I recall the invaluable contributions of this great son of Ebonyi State to national development. He was a shining star, whose robust contributions on the floor of the Senate cannot be forgotten in a hurry. He played a pivotal role in the creation of our dear state. His death is a great blow to us a state.”